Queant Road Cemetery, France - Funeral Service 12th November 2018.

Burial service for Lance Corporal Rolls and Private MacBeth at Queant Road Cemetery.

A burial ceremony was held at the CWGC’s Queant Road Cemetery, France at 14.00h on Monday 12 November 2018 for Lance Corporal Rolls and Private MacBeth of the 24th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. 

 

Lance Corporal James Leonard Rolls and Private Hedley Roy MacBeth died together on 3 May 1917, killed by artillery fire while sheltering in a dugout on the side of a railway embankment during the Second Battle of Bullecourt. Their bodies were recovered by CWGC staff in 2015 and identified by the Australian Army’s Unrecovered War Casualties team in June 2018. They will be buried with full military honours on 12 November. The CWGC will mark their graves with headstones bearing their names and personal inscriptions chosen by their families. 

 

The service has been organised by the Australian Army and will be attended by family members, senior Australian Representatives, CWGC staff and local dignitaries. 

 

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Lance Corporal ROLLS, JAMES LEONARD

Service Number 3625

Died 03/05/1917 - Aged 23

24th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Born James Lennox Rolls. Son of James Lennox Rolls and Laura Rolls (nee Allen); husband of Emily Cecilia Rolls (nee Brown).

 

VIII. G. 26. : INSCRIPTION: "I ONCE WAS LOST BUT NOW AM FOUND" ALWAYS IN THE HEARTS OF HIS LOVING FAMILY

Please note that this casualty was previously commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial; his name will be removed when the appropriate panel is next replaced.

Military Record

NAA_ItemNumber8034851 Rolls
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Private MACBETH, HEDLEY ROY

Service Number 4802

Died 03/05/1917 - Aged 31

24th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.

Son of the late John and Susannah MacBeth; husband of Bessie MacBeth, of 135 Melrose St., North Melbourne. Born in Tasmania.

 

VIII. G. 27. : INSCRIPTION: "LOVING HUSBAND OF BESSIE DADDIE OF MARY AND ROBERT HONOURED, LOVED AND MISSED BY HIS CLAN OUR HERO"

Please note that this casualty was previously commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Military Record

NAA_ItemNumber1993856 MacBeth
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5578476 MacBeth Roy
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